The Great Gildersleeve was a radio situation comedy broadcast from August 31, 1941, to March 21, 1957.Initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson,it was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. The series was built around the character Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, a regular element of the radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly. The character was introduced in the October 3, 1939 episode (number 216) of that series. Actor Harold Peary had played a similarly named character, Dr. Gildersleeve on earlier episodes. The Great Gildersleeve
enjoyed its greatest popularity in the 1940s. Peary played the
character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off
and later in four feature films released at the height of the show's pop
In Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary's Gildersleeve had been a pompous windbag and antagonist of Fibber McGee. "You're a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!" became a Gildersleeve catchphrase. The character went by several aliases on Fibber McGee and Molly; his middle name was revealed to be "Philharmonic" in "Gildersleeve's Diary" episode on October 22, 1940.
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Thanks for the better than avg. quality and the amount of episods !! One of the BEST OTR Sitcoms that hols up It really worked well and has some funny moments all the time..Quality scripts and Acting! Thanks!